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Fall is here, and so far it's been a beautiful one. I know many of my clients and readers are still enjoying their hikes and putting in more rounds of golf. Skiing season is ahead of us and I thought this would be a perfect time to cover healthy snacks for all of your outdoor activities. 
Before... see more we go over specific foods to bring, here are three tips to keep in mind when planning & packing for outdoor activities: 
1. ALWAYS READ FOOD LABELS
Whole, unprocessed foods are always the first choice, but if you are going to go for something packaged, the less ingredients, the better.
Always check for added sugar, it's hidden everywhere these days, even in things that may not taste sweet.
Try to get your energy from naturally occurring sugars first such as those found in fruits, vegetables, nuts or plain dairy before you reach for other snacks.
For packaged foods & snacks, a good rule is to keep the sugar content below 5 g per serving.
Watch for fat content - too much fat will leave you feeling slow, heavy and sleepy, and may severely affect your performance and overall experience.  
2. ENJOY BALANCED SNACKS
You’ll get the biggest bang for your buck by putting together snacks that balance out carbs with high quality protein, vegetables and natural fat. 
Natural fats in moderate amounts, such as avocado, walnuts and almond butter, are especially helpful for providing sustainable energy, reducing sugar cravings, and increasing satiation. 
3. BRING PLENTY OF ZERO CALORIE LIQUIDS 
For 0-2 hour outdoor activities water should be sufficient. Adding cut up fruit such as limes, lemons, oranges can add a ton of flavor without the extra calories. 
If it's really hot or humid, and you will be sweating for an extended amount of time, adding electrolytes to your water is always a good idea.
If you are trying to lose weight Smart Water is your go-to for electrolytes without the calories. But, if you want something with flavor, yet still low calorie, these Nuun tables will do the trick. 
WHAT TO PACK FOR OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES 
fresh fruit, raw or slightly salted (if sweating a lot) nuts;
trail mix (avoid ones with cranberries and added oils);
greek yogurt with frozen or fresh berries and cinnamon;
shelf-stable protein shake such as Orgain Grass Fed Protein;
nitrate-free turkey, mustard, greens, tomato, cucumber sandwich on sprouted or whole grain bread such as Ezekiel;
peanut/almond butter sandwich with a sliced banana and cinnamon on sprouted or whole grain bread such as Ezekiel;
low sugar, high protein bars such as Garden of Life Fit Bar ;
hard boiled eggs with sliced veggies and/or fruit;
low sugar jerky or meat-based bars such as EPIC bar ;
fresh fruit with low-fat cheese sticks or low-sugar jerky;
Turkey & Quinoa mini quiches - recipe HERE 
homemade no bake Larabar copycat energy bars - recipe HERE
homemade Flourless Protein Shake Cookies - recipe HERE
WHAT TO AVOID
On the golf course: hotdogs, chips, most granola, snack bars and energy bars, candy bars, sodas, cookies, muffins, other baked goods, alcohol. 
While skiing: waffles, donuts, hot dogs, burgers, fries, cakes, pastries, chips, most granola bars, ice cream, candy bars, alcohol. 
While hiking: anything high in fat such as pastries, donuts, fries, chips. 
What are your favorites snacks and foods to bring when you are active outdoors? 
Share them with me and my readers by email or Facebook.   
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I sometimes ask people, “What is meditation?”
I receive an amazing range of responses. Those who have experience of meditating will often describe an activity that they do, a method, or a technique. They relate a way of concentrating on their breath, or reciting a mantra (a sacred sound, word,... see more or phrase), or visualizing energy and esoteric shapes and colours within their body, or contemplating love or a saint’s life. For some people, meditation means simply sitting still for days and weeks on end. Others place their body in yoga postures, or move while controlling their breath. Others will say meditation comes from cutting themselves off from distractions altogether, perhaps by holding their breath for long durations. Others have told me they meditate while running, or preparing tea, or resting their awareness in the gap between wakeful and sleep states.
The vast array of meditation techniques found among spiritual and contemplative traditions can sometimes seem daunting, especially if we want to begin our own meditation practice.
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Start the day off right.” That’s a great sentiment, but how can you create a morning routine that will keep you happy, fit and healthy? We found out. And it’s a lot easier than you might think. Here are 10 healthy habits that will set you up for success for the rest of the day.
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Thoughts have energy. Make sure your thoughts are POSITIVE & POWERFUL! #intention #positivethinking #positivity
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Don’t be afraid to take an unfamiliar path. Sometimes they’re the ones that take you to the best places. 
#discover #journey #self #inspiration 
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A healer does not heal you. A healer is someone who holds space for you while you awaken your inner healer, so that you may heal yourself - Maryam Hasnaa. #healing #healer #selfcare #wellness 
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Beauty is about living your life, being happy with yourself inside and out, and not worrying about what other people think of you. #beauty #happiness #confidence #inspiration 
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"Live simply. Dream big. Be grateful. Give love. Laugh lots" Paulo Coelho. #gratitude #thanksgiving #inspiration
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The idea that emotions can travel between populations similar to outbreaks of disease is not new. More than 200 years ago, an epidemic of suicides occurred in Europe. Most of the victims had read a book titled "The Sorrows of Young Werther," by Johann von Goethe, in which the hero commits suicide. To... see more stop the wave of suicides, the book was banned in several areas, according to a study published in The Journal of Memetics, which continued:1
"During the two hundred years that have followed the publication and subsequent censorship of Goethe's novel, social scientific research has largely confirmed the thesis that affect, attitudes, beliefs and behavior can indeed spread through populations as if they were somehow infectious."
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Did you know that milk is one of the most common food allergens in existence? It’s estimated that between 2–3 percent of children under the age of 3 have a milk allergy. Experts used to think that these were just temporary baby allergies or infant allergies and kids would outgrow their dairy allergy... see more once they were 3 years old. But research has shown this isn’t necessarily the case.
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#milksensitivity #foodsensitivity #wellness #health #holistichealth #foodallergy #milk #dairy #lisachilverswellness
With the changing times, people had started opting for the things that were convenient and didn’t take much of their time. Disposable bags, bottles, and cups only increased the waste even if they made life easy.
However, there is a need to live the all-natural lifestyle once again. Keeping yourself... see more away from the chemicals will not only protect you from a wide range of diseases but also save you a lot of money. Ingredients present in the house make great cleansers, detergents, and skin-care products. Minimizing use of resources such as water and energy will promote a greener and cost-effective lifestyle.
Here are 7 easy swaps you can make for a greener house.
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One of the many gifts I have received from being a psychic is an improved self-care routine. When I started seeing clients regularly, the holes in my self-care practice became more obvious. That’s because you need to be extremely and consistently grounded to be a successful healer.
Now, things like... see more getting enough rest and cutting down on stress have become not just goals but necessities. That’s because, like all healers, I want to show up powerful and balanced for my clients. The following are some tips I’ve picked up along the way to help fellow healers keep on top of their self-care.
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The Symptoms of Higher ConsciousnessWhat does it mean to be awake? What are the characteristics of the state of ‘spiritual wakefulness’ or ‘enlightenment’?
I’ll summarise these characteristics or signs of spiritual awakening as they have emerged from my research. Then we’ll look at where... see more these characteristics come from—that is, try to identify how the state of wakefulness gives rise to them.
These characteristics of spiritual awakening are uniform. Typically, permanently awakened people experience all of these characteristics and usually at roughly the same degree of intensity. This uniformity is one of the most striking things to emerge from my research into the signs and symptoms of spiritual awakening and emphasizes the validity of seeing wakefulness as a distinct psychological state.
The only significant variation is in terms of the overall intensity of wakefulness. The continuum of states of wakefulness ranges from less intense to very intense. The intensity of the characteristics of wakefulness obviously varies according to the intensity of a person’s overall wakefulness. That is, if a person experiences a high intensity of wakefulness, they will obviously also experience a high level of well-being, a high degree of mental quietness, a very pronounced tendency toward altruism, a very pronounced lack of group identity, and so on. The reverse obviously applies to someone with a lower intensity of wakefulness.
It’s also worth noting that many of the characteristics I’m going to highlight are common to temporary spiritual awakening experiences, too.
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Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know better, do better - Maya Angelou. #holisticunited #holisticgram #holisticquotes
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My new workshop, Unlock Your Intuition, was officially launched at Integrative Healing & Yoga in Lakeshore, ON.
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Are we being of service to teenagers when we try to medicate them with antidepressants?
Here is a story of one young woman who overcame panic attacks that immobilized her to the point where she stopped attending school.
In the spring of 2003 Charlene began to suffer panic attacks. She began to notice... see more increased periods of anxiousness and shortly thereafter began to suffer periods of unconsciousness and fainting. The fainting spells could occur at any time, under any circumstances but they were primarily occurring while she was in school. Over time the fainting began to occur in social situations and eventually resulted in her fainting at home when she was resting or walking around the house. Charlene’s mother said that her overall wellness seemed to be a factor as they noticed she would faint more when she had a cold or the flu.
Charlene was examined by her doctor and numerous blood tests were done. All results were normal. Her doctor, being very through also ordered an ECG, EKG, heart monitoring, CAT scan and a MRI. Again all tests gave normal results. Charlene was beginning to have increased periods of fatigue and feelings of listlessness at this point. She was already under the care of a chiropractor and he had not found anything out of the ordinary that would explain her periods of anxiety or fainting spells.
Charlene was referred to a Child Therapist  and by the time that I met her, she had been in talk therapy for over a year. There was no noticeable improvement, her feelings of anxiety were becoming more pronounced and it was decided by her heath care team that a period of rest from school for a semester would be in order.
Charlene came to the Paradigm Centre in the winter of 2006. She was 17 years old and had been off school since June 2006. She presented as a quiet, well-behaved young lady. She was well groomed but walked with her head down and her voice low and soft. She was anxious and wouldn’t make eye contact. She said that she had been referred by her therapist and her physician. She told me that they were thinking of putting her on anti-depressants and recommended she be admitted to a mental health treatment centre.  She said she was afraid, didn’t want to go to a treatment centre and didn’t want to take drugs. She wanted to know if I could help her. I said we would see. I couldn’t make her any promises because energy work depended on her and where she was willing to go. I also explained to her that with energy work I could only walk beside her on her path. Energy work doesn’t do anything the mind can’t handle or the body will not accept. I explained to her that it would take some time, but how much time would depend on her, where she was willing to go, how she handled the work and how often she did the sessions.
In the initial appointment, we reviewed her current family history. Charlene explained to me that she began to have panic attacks when she was 15. She found Grade 9 to be a difficult transition and only had one best friend in high school at the time. She had loved elementary school and felt that the first six years of school were some of the best years of her life. When she moved to junior high school she found it hard because the teachers “treated us (students) all very poorly”, she said.
Charlene said her childhood was normal and she was very happy. She was really close to her mom, brother and her dad. She said that she loved camping and playing cards with her dad, her brother could be a pest sometimes but they got along well most of the time and that her mom was her best friend. When she was little she had lots of imaginary friends, was good at keeping herself occupied, played well with others and had lots of friends at school.
When I examined Charlene’s aura I could immediately tell she was an Indigo[1]. Indigo children are highly intuitive, sensitive, extremely creative and can be very independent. Indigo children have a tendency to view the world with a different pair of eyes. They see the world in all its many forms. They need to experience the world in a creative, tactile way, which means that they learn by experience, touch and sound. They can read people very quickly but are easily confused when they begin to understand that the world does not treat them with the same respect and understanding. This often leads them into thinking that there is “something wrong with me”, “I am weird”, “nobody understands me”. As a result they often suffer from anxiety, panic attacks and will withdraw into the safety of their home life, or friends or unfortunately if the first two options are not available to them, develop addictions to self medicate or tune out.
I asked Charlene if she knew what an “Indigo” was. She told me she had heard of them and always wondered if she were one of them. When I explained to her how they see and experience the world, she got tears in her eyes and said, “Yes, that is what I feel.” At this point Charlene took a deep breath and began to relax physically. Her energy field opened up and I was more easily able to “see” what we were dealing with in her situation.
After Charlene lay down on the table we began energy work. First I ran my hands over her energy field to feel the flow. We gently worked with the body’s innate wisdom to uncover and remove these blockages to her emotional and physical fields primarily in the chakra of self-esteem or third chakra.[2]
When we were finished I explained to Charlene that she may feel really tired or really jazzed. If she was tired she needed to rest. She was not to kid herself about the level of fatigue and she may feel like she had been hit by a bus. She may be weepy or sad. She was just to rest, let herself cry, or if she felt moody to write or draw out her feelings. She needed to drink a lot of water and be careful driving, as she may feel lightheaded for a day or two. I told her that the clearing would subside within 24 – 48 hours. I also explained this to her mother so that she would receive additional support if this did happen. 
Two weeks later Charlene reported that she felt really good for a week but then the past week had been all downhill.  She said her anxiety had increased and she felt depressed. 
I told her that this type of reaction was quite normal and was an indication that the body was accepting the changes and beginning to heal and release. She said she “knew that” and was quite comfortable with the process. In this session the body identified blockages in her hormones and reproductive organs.
At her third session, one week later, Charlene reported that she “felt really good”.  I noted that when she arrived for this session her head was up, her eyes were brighter, and she was making eye contact with me when she spoke. With the body’s wisdom and permission we worked on feelings related to “always feels like a 5th wheel” and fears of “never fitting in”. Her body was dehydrated so we worked with balancing out body hydration and we discussed the importance of drinking lots of pure water. 
I did not see Charlene again for five weeks due to holidays. When she arrived for her session she said that she had returned to school. She told me that she “was apprehensive” but was “doing ok”. In this session we continued to work on emotional blockages related to her intuitive feelings around  “don’t want to offend my parents”, “fear of expression”, “who am I”, “don’t know who I am”, “confused about life” “something wrong with me”, “I am different”. We spent a lot of time talking about free will and the free will of others. We talked about different coping strategies on how to deal with her intuitive feelings and how it applied to her everyday life. We also discussed what to do with those feelings. 
Children who are highly intuitive are naturally energetically empathic so it is very easy for them to pick up on other people’s feelings and fears. If they don’t understand how to distinguish between what they are feeling and what the other person is feeling, they begin to think it all belongs to them. They start to have what they commonly refer to as “crazy thoughts” and “can’t understand where these thoughts come from”. They interpret this as “their problem” and “there is something wrong with me” and “no one will understand and think I am crazy”. But once you teach an Indigo or intuitive child how to separate their feelings from other people’s feelings, they calm down dramatically and begin to understand what to do about it. They learn how to be conscious of their own feelings and recognize that they have choices on how they respond to the world around them. 
At the eighth week of sessions Charlene said things were going well. She certainly gave every appearance of looking like it was. When she arrived she looked like a different person. I almost didn’t recognize her. She walked in confident, head up, sharply dressed, her hair was nicely done, her voice clear and articulate with direct eye contact. She looked quite stunning. We worked at clearing emotions from her mother’s past. These were subconscious emotional layers that Charlene carried in support of her mother and was totally unaware of their existence. This again often happens with Indigo/intuitive children. If they feel another person’s pain, they will often pick it up and carry it in their own field out of love and devotion for another. This weighs them down because they don’t know what to do with it and leads to confusion because they can’t understand why the other person doesn’t suddenly get better. As a result of this energetic exchange they begin to feel “useless” or ask, “Who am I?” or say, “I don’t know who I am”. This begins another cycle of anxiety, depression or panic because they don’t know what to do next. 
We discussed the importance of loving another enough to let them learn how to “walk” with their own emotions. I explained to her that her mother trusted her enough to learn how to walk when she was born, so she should learn to “trust” her mother enough to figure out how to handle her own emotional issues. This means energetically, allowing her mother to feel her own issues and if Charlene was concerned for her, then to practice the art of “sending love”. We also discussed some energetic emotional guidelines that I had developed over the years as a result of working with highly intuitive people. They are: 1. Just because you know, doesn’t mean you do. 2. Wait to be asked. 3. Do only what is asked. 4. If you are not asked and you are concerned just love them with your heart. 5. If you feel another person’s emotions enter into your field, you have the right to choose to let that emotion go, so do so. 
At Charlene’s ninth session she reported that things were going well at school. She said she was still having problems with fainting spells so we asked for and received permission to work with the physical body. We worked with balancing out the body’s ability to deal with sugar. I asked her to follow a sugar free (and no artificial sweeteners) guideline for two weeks. I have also found over the course of working with intuitive children or Indigos that they are very sensitive to sugars, artificial sweeteners, wheat, and additives. If they can be encouraged to follow a natural, wheat free diet and drink water and natural fruit juices it is much easier for them to cope physically and emotionally. 
As we balanced out the physical body we talked about coping mechanisms for Indigos. Indigos easily connect to fear, especially when projected by others. As a result of their ability to connect energetically to other people’s emotions they begin to fear that they created the fear in the first place or are at least responsible for fear. This will again cause them to withdraw and become overwhelmed with emotional responsibility. Parents unfortunately magnify these feelings when, in their efforts to protect their children, they tell them all the things they can’t do, or shouldn’t do but fail to explain what they can do or how to handle a situation if it should arise. 
We talked about understanding how the world does not need to be a scary place and how to use your intuitive abilities as a coping mechanism. We worked through some practical applications of different social scenarios and I showed her different ways to use her intuitive abilities as well as the “energetic emotional guidelines” to think her way through a problem. 
When you show Indigos how to use their intuition instead of being afraid of it they quickly see that they have options and choices and they begin to naturally choose very practical solutions and then don’t find the outside world so overwhelming. They learn that what they are feeling is valid. What they are feeling is true for them. They learn how to separate their feelings from another person’s feelings and yet still retain their enormous capacity for love and empathy for themselves and others without being overwhelmed and fearful. 
It is important to remember that Indigos experience the world around them in a tactile way. Once they are taught how to use their intuitive gifts in relation to how they feel, they very quickly learn how to “feel” their way through any type of problem. They learn how to think on their feet. When this happens they relax and demonstrate how highly motivated, intelligent, loving, and empathic they truly are. 
Charlene knew that she didn’t need to take drugs to solve her panic attacks and anxiety. Thankfully, her parents, doctor and therapist supported an alternative management method, namely energy work. In this case, therapy included: clearing chakra energy blockages, helping the client understand her won thoughts and feelings, and clarifying her emotional responsibilities, as well as enhancing her diet. 
Charlene returned to school after being off school for 6 months. At the time of publication Charlene had finished high school and was preparing for University. She demonstrated a sense of confidence, power and joy as she prepared to tackle her future. 
References
Carroll, Lee & Tober, Jan  (1999) The Indigo Children.  Hay House Inc. CA
Virtue, Doreen  (2001)  The Care and Feeding of Indigo Children.  Hay House Inc.  CA
[1] Indigo Children have a natural ability to sense, feel, or know another person’s feelings. Because they are so sensitive to their environments they often react to other people’s emotions but don’t understand how to distinguish between their feelings and the other persons. They are often labeled ADD, ADHD, or suffering from Anxiety or depression.  (Carroll & Tober, 1999).
[2] Chakras are Sanskrit for wheel and signifies one of seven basic energy centers in the body. Each of these centers correlates to major nerve ganglia branching forth from the spinal column and are related to physical and emotional components.  (Virtue, 2001)
Published: Child & Family Journal Volume 10, No. 3 Fall/Winter 2007
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Fruit juices and smoothies have been flooding the supermarkets lately, marketed & sold as healthy options. But are they really? 
I'm going to share some tips on what to look out for when making or buying them, and how to make the best out of your liquid nutrition. 
Just to... see more clarify the definitions here, when I talk about juices, I mean blends that have only fruit, veggies or both in them.
When I talk about smoothies, I'm talking about blends of fruits, veggies or both, with a variety of other things added such as protein powders, yogurt, chia seeds, flax seeds, coconut oil, chocolate, cocoa powder, maca powder, etc. 
100% fruit juices, V8's, and other fruit blends
The biggest misconception about fruit juices (including 100% ones) is the fact that most people think they get the same benefits from blending fruits and vegetables as eating them in a whole form. WRONG.  
There are two most important differences:
1) when you blend fruits and vegetables you destroy their "fiber lattice"* which has a profound effect on blood sugar (more on it below); 
2) blending or juicing exposes fruits and vegetables to heat, and air - both of which lead to oxidation and loss of many valuable minerals and vitamins; 
*Fruits & veggies "fiber lattice" is composed of soluble and insoluble fiber that slows the absorption of sugar into the bloodstream, blunting insulin (necessary for blood sugar regulation) and dopamine (reward hormone) responses. When you blend the fruit and vegetables, you shred that fiber lattice, leaving all that sugar free to hit your system as fast as a piece of candy. 
Fruits without their protective lattice are like Miracle-Gro for your fat cells.
Having said that, here's a list of tips for future purchases. 
Quick tips for buying or making fruit & veggie juices: 
avoid any pre-bottled fruit or vegetables juices (including 100%) that have more than 5 g of sugar per serving - always read the labels (fruit juice bottles usually have more than 1 serving so you must multiply the sugar grams x the servings size to get the sugar content in the whole bottle); 
if you get a juice from a juice bar, make sure they use cold-processingand drink the juice soon after you get it to avoid oxidation and loss of vitamins and minerals;
when ordering juices or making your own, stick to mostly veggies (ask for celery, kale, spinach, cucumbers, etc.) and one serving of low sugar fruit such as apples, lemons, berries versus bananas, grapes or oranges. 
Smoothies 
Guys, believe me when I say this, it's SO easy to make a smoothie that has 500-600 calories, even a 1000 calories.....
Just check out this "All-in-one breakfast smoothie" recipe from "Health" magazine.
This baby has 523 calories and whooping 77 g of carbs, most of them coming from simple sugars - that's more carbs and sugar than in 2 Snickers bars.
Not to mention that this smoothie has 22 g of fat - that's as much fat as in 2 McDonald's cheeseburgers. And only 9 g of protein so less than in 1 cheeseburger. 
The only way I can describe this smoothie is a calorie, fat and sugar bomb. 
Quick tips for buying or making lowest calorie, low sugar homemade smoothies:   
whatever fruit you are using try to use an equivalent of 1 piece of fruit, so 1 banana, 1 peach, 1 apple, 1/2 cup berries. You can mix and match but stick to the portion size as if it was 1 fruit only; 
don't add any other sweeteners such as honey, agave or even zero calorie sweeteners like stevia; 
add green vegetables if you can, spinach is pretty much undetectable; 
add protein powder or collagen; protein will slow down the absorption of sugars into the blood; 
for weight loss stick to water, green tea, black coffee, unsweetened plant-based milks as liquid; 
for weigh gain, smoothies are one of the easiest way to pack add more calories without feeling too full, so if that's your goal, you can add things like coconut oil, peanut butter, oatmeal, oat bran, sweet potatoes, etc. 
add super spices like cinnamon (helps with blood sugar), turmeric/black pepper (anti-inflammatory) or ginger (antioxidant). 
Looking for a healthy recipe? 
Click here for one of my favorite immune-boosting smoothies. 
Have more questions about any of this stuff? Let me know, I would love to help you out.
You can reach me via email or Facebook. 
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Many thousands of studies demonstrating the benefits of mindfulness have now been published, to the point where mindfulness can almost seem like a miracle cure. The problem is that not all of these studies were conducted well enough to be taken seriously.
Daniel Goleman (author of “Emotional... see more Intelligence”) and University of Wisconsin neuroscientist Richard Davidson combed through thousands of studies and found that only one percent of them match the current gold standards for medical research. While we could rightly despair at the poor methodology of the 99 percent, we could instead focus on the four strongly confirmed findings that Goleman and Davidson have identified in the studies conducted using the soundest protocols.
In an article in the Harvard Business Review Goleman outlined those four confirmed benefits, which are: stronger focus, staying calmer under stress, better memory, and kindness. No doubt because he was writing for HBR, Goleman wrote about mindfulness mainly in terms of a tool for creating better workers for corporations — for example parsing kindness as “good corporate citizenship.” So I’d like to take those four benefits and write about them in a less corporate way, looking at how they can benefit us spiritually.
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Self-improvement is the gospel of the wellness set, and we can learn a lot about personal growth when we’re able to get a glimpse into the ways in which elite fitness and yoga trainers master their mind-body connections. Yogi Tara Stiles, CrossFit star Kenny Santucci, celebrity personal trainer Todd... see more McCullough, and trainer and Ph.D. Shauna Harrison have refined their own custom movement methods over time and have found the routines that help them reach peak performance. The best part? They’re all different, which illustrates that there’s no one way to unlock your potential.
In case you missed it, here’s a summary of what we learned from the INFINITI Performance Project:
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Change Starts Inside of YouI always notice a basic fault when I hear people talk about hoping for change in the world. It’s the idea that we see the notion of change as something happening outside of us, driven by some faceless group of elite scientists, inventors and leaders coming up with some... see more revolutionary idea that would set the world on a different course.
The fault with this notion is that it comes from the same mold which gave form to the problem in the first place–separation. We feel that we are separate from all the atrocities happening in different corners of the world; separate from shady global deals done in the interest of the few; separate from the marvelous work done by selfless peacekeepers and volunteers; separate from the bloodied hands of our previous generations and the problems of the next generations.
We think that we are helpless, innocent and powerless in the face of all this and that the change we expect ‘has’ to come from others, individuals, collectives or nations.
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Fall is here, and so far it's been a beautiful one. I know many of my clients and readers are still enjoying their hikes and putting in more rounds of golf. Skiing season is ahead of us and I thought this would be a perfect time to cover healthy snacks for all of your outdoor activities. 
Before... see more we go over specific foods to bring, here are three tips to keep in mind when planning & packing for outdoor activities: 
1. ALWAYS READ FOOD LABELS
Whole, unprocessed foods are always the first choice, but if you are going to go for something packaged, the less ingredients, the better.
Always check for added sugar, it's hidden everywhere these days, even in things that may not taste sweet.
Try to get your energy from naturally occurring sugars first such as those found in fruits, vegetables, nuts or plain dairy before you reach for other snacks.
For packaged foods & snacks, a good rule is to keep the sugar content below 5 g per serving.
Watch for fat content - too much fat will leave you feeling slow, heavy and sleepy, and may severely affect your performance and overall experience.  
2. ENJOY BALANCED SNACKS
You’ll get the biggest bang for your buck by putting together snacks that balance out carbs with high quality protein, vegetables and natural fat. 
Natural fats in moderate amounts, such as avocado, walnuts and almond butter, are especially helpful for providing sustainable energy, reducing sugar cravings, and increasing satiation. 
3. BRING PLENTY OF ZERO CALORIE LIQUIDS 
For 0-2 hour outdoor activities water should be sufficient. Adding cut up fruit such as limes, lemons, oranges can add a ton of flavor without the extra calories. 
If it's really hot or humid, and you will be sweating for an extended amount of time, adding electrolytes to your water is always a good idea.
If you are trying to lose weight Smart Water is your go-to for electrolytes without the calories. But, if you want something with flavor, yet still low calorie, these Nuun tables will do the trick. 
WHAT TO PACK FOR OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES 
fresh fruit, raw or slightly salted (if sweating a lot) nuts;
trail mix (avoid ones with cranberries and added oils);
greek yogurt with frozen or fresh berries and cinnamon;
shelf-stable protein shake such as Orgain Grass Fed Protein;
nitrate-free turkey, mustard, greens, tomato, cucumber sandwich on sprouted or whole grain bread such as Ezekiel;
peanut/almond butter sandwich with a sliced banana and cinnamon on sprouted or whole grain bread such as Ezekiel;
low sugar, high protein bars such as Garden of Life Fit Bar ;
hard boiled eggs with sliced veggies and/or fruit;
low sugar jerky or meat-based bars such as EPIC bar ;
fresh fruit with low-fat cheese sticks or low-sugar jerky;
Turkey & Quinoa mini quiches - recipe HERE 
homemade no bake Larabar copycat energy bars - recipe HERE
homemade Flourless Protein Shake Cookies - recipe HERE
WHAT TO AVOID
On the golf course: hotdogs, chips, most granola, snack bars and energy bars, candy bars, sodas, cookies, muffins, other baked goods, alcohol. 
While skiing: waffles, donuts, hot dogs, burgers, fries, cakes, pastries, chips, most granola bars, ice cream, candy bars, alcohol. 
While hiking: anything high in fat such as pastries, donuts, fries, chips. 
What are your favorites snacks and foods to bring when you are active outdoors? 
Share them with me and my readers by email or Facebook.   
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I sometimes ask people, “What is meditation?”
I receive an amazing range of responses. Those who have experience of meditating will often describe an activity that they do, a method, or a technique. They relate a way of concentrating on their breath, or reciting a mantra (a sacred sound, word,... see more or phrase), or visualizing energy and esoteric shapes and colours within their body, or contemplating love or a saint’s life. For some people, meditation means simply sitting still for days and weeks on end. Others place their body in yoga postures, or move while controlling their breath. Others will say meditation comes from cutting themselves off from distractions altogether, perhaps by holding their breath for long durations. Others have told me they meditate while running, or preparing tea, or resting their awareness in the gap between wakeful and sleep states.
The vast array of meditation techniques found among spiritual and contemplative traditions can sometimes seem daunting, especially if we want to begin our own meditation practice.
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Start the day off right.” That’s a great sentiment, but how can you create a morning routine that will keep you happy, fit and healthy? We found out. And it’s a lot easier than you might think. Here are 10 healthy habits that will set you up for success for the rest of the day.
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Thoughts have energy. Make sure your thoughts are POSITIVE & POWERFUL! #intention #positivethinking #positivity
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Don’t be afraid to take an unfamiliar path. Sometimes they’re the ones that take you to the best places. 
#discover #journey #self #inspiration 
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A healer does not heal you. A healer is someone who holds space for you while you awaken your inner healer, so that you may heal yourself - Maryam Hasnaa. #healing #healer #selfcare #wellness 
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Beauty is about living your life, being happy with yourself inside and out, and not worrying about what other people think of you. #beauty #happiness #confidence #inspiration 
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"Live simply. Dream big. Be grateful. Give love. Laugh lots" Paulo Coelho. #gratitude #thanksgiving #inspiration
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The idea that emotions can travel between populations similar to outbreaks of disease is not new. More than 200 years ago, an epidemic of suicides occurred in Europe. Most of the victims had read a book titled "The Sorrows of Young Werther," by Johann von Goethe, in which the hero commits suicide. To... see more stop the wave of suicides, the book was banned in several areas, according to a study published in The Journal of Memetics, which continued:1
"During the two hundred years that have followed the publication and subsequent censorship of Goethe's novel, social scientific research has largely confirmed the thesis that affect, attitudes, beliefs and behavior can indeed spread through populations as if they were somehow infectious."
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Did you know that milk is one of the most common food allergens in existence? It’s estimated that between 2–3 percent of children under the age of 3 have a milk allergy. Experts used to think that these were just temporary baby allergies or infant allergies and kids would outgrow their dairy allergy... see more once they were 3 years old. But research has shown this isn’t necessarily the case.
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#milksensitivity #foodsensitivity #wellness #health #holistichealth #foodallergy #milk #dairy #lisachilverswellness
With the changing times, people had started opting for the things that were convenient and didn’t take much of their time. Disposable bags, bottles, and cups only increased the waste even if they made life easy.
However, there is a need to live the all-natural lifestyle once again. Keeping yourself... see more away from the chemicals will not only protect you from a wide range of diseases but also save you a lot of money. Ingredients present in the house make great cleansers, detergents, and skin-care products. Minimizing use of resources such as water and energy will promote a greener and cost-effective lifestyle.
Here are 7 easy swaps you can make for a greener house.
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One of the many gifts I have received from being a psychic is an improved self-care routine. When I started seeing clients regularly, the holes in my self-care practice became more obvious. That’s because you need to be extremely and consistently grounded to be a successful healer.
Now, things like... see more getting enough rest and cutting down on stress have become not just goals but necessities. That’s because, like all healers, I want to show up powerful and balanced for my clients. The following are some tips I’ve picked up along the way to help fellow healers keep on top of their self-care.
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The Symptoms of Higher ConsciousnessWhat does it mean to be awake? What are the characteristics of the state of ‘spiritual wakefulness’ or ‘enlightenment’?
I’ll summarise these characteristics or signs of spiritual awakening as they have emerged from my research. Then we’ll look at where... see more these characteristics come from—that is, try to identify how the state of wakefulness gives rise to them.
These characteristics of spiritual awakening are uniform. Typically, permanently awakened people experience all of these characteristics and usually at roughly the same degree of intensity. This uniformity is one of the most striking things to emerge from my research into the signs and symptoms of spiritual awakening and emphasizes the validity of seeing wakefulness as a distinct psychological state.
The only significant variation is in terms of the overall intensity of wakefulness. The continuum of states of wakefulness ranges from less intense to very intense. The intensity of the characteristics of wakefulness obviously varies according to the intensity of a person’s overall wakefulness. That is, if a person experiences a high intensity of wakefulness, they will obviously also experience a high level of well-being, a high degree of mental quietness, a very pronounced tendency toward altruism, a very pronounced lack of group identity, and so on. The reverse obviously applies to someone with a lower intensity of wakefulness.
It’s also worth noting that many of the characteristics I’m going to highlight are common to temporary spiritual awakening experiences, too.
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Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know better, do better - Maya Angelou. #holisticunited #holisticgram #holisticquotes
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My new workshop, Unlock Your Intuition, was officially launched at Integrative Healing & Yoga in Lakeshore, ON.
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Are we being of service to teenagers when we try to medicate them with antidepressants?
Here is a story of one young woman who overcame panic attacks that immobilized her to the point where she stopped attending school.
In the spring of 2003 Charlene began to suffer panic attacks. She began to notice... see more increased periods of anxiousness and shortly thereafter began to suffer periods of unconsciousness and fainting. The fainting spells could occur at any time, under any circumstances but they were primarily occurring while she was in school. Over time the fainting began to occur in social situations and eventually resulted in her fainting at home when she was resting or walking around the house. Charlene’s mother said that her overall wellness seemed to be a factor as they noticed she would faint more when she had a cold or the flu.
Charlene was examined by her doctor and numerous blood tests were done. All results were normal. Her doctor, being very through also ordered an ECG, EKG, heart monitoring, CAT scan and a MRI. Again all tests gave normal results. Charlene was beginning to have increased periods of fatigue and feelings of listlessness at this point. She was already under the care of a chiropractor and he had not found anything out of the ordinary that would explain her periods of anxiety or fainting spells.
Charlene was referred to a Child Therapist  and by the time that I met her, she had been in talk therapy for over a year. There was no noticeable improvement, her feelings of anxiety were becoming more pronounced and it was decided by her heath care team that a period of rest from school for a semester would be in order.
Charlene came to the Paradigm Centre in the winter of 2006. She was 17 years old and had been off school since June 2006. She presented as a quiet, well-behaved young lady. She was well groomed but walked with her head down and her voice low and soft. She was anxious and wouldn’t make eye contact. She said that she had been referred by her therapist and her physician. She told me that they were thinking of putting her on anti-depressants and recommended she be admitted to a mental health treatment centre.  She said she was afraid, didn’t want to go to a treatment centre and didn’t want to take drugs. She wanted to know if I could help her. I said we would see. I couldn’t make her any promises because energy work depended on her and where she was willing to go. I also explained to her that with energy work I could only walk beside her on her path. Energy work doesn’t do anything the mind can’t handle or the body will not accept. I explained to her that it would take some time, but how much time would depend on her, where she was willing to go, how she handled the work and how often she did the sessions.
In the initial appointment, we reviewed her current family history. Charlene explained to me that she began to have panic attacks when she was 15. She found Grade 9 to be a difficult transition and only had one best friend in high school at the time. She had loved elementary school and felt that the first six years of school were some of the best years of her life. When she moved to junior high school she found it hard because the teachers “treated us (students) all very poorly”, she said.
Charlene said her childhood was normal and she was very happy. She was really close to her mom, brother and her dad. She said that she loved camping and playing cards with her dad, her brother could be a pest sometimes but they got along well most of the time and that her mom was her best friend. When she was little she had lots of imaginary friends, was good at keeping herself occupied, played well with others and had lots of friends at school.
When I examined Charlene’s aura I could immediately tell she was an Indigo[1]. Indigo children are highly intuitive, sensitive, extremely creative and can be very independent. Indigo children have a tendency to view the world with a different pair of eyes. They see the world in all its many forms. They need to experience the world in a creative, tactile way, which means that they learn by experience, touch and sound. They can read people very quickly but are easily confused when they begin to understand that the world does not treat them with the same respect and understanding. This often leads them into thinking that there is “something wrong with me”, “I am weird”, “nobody understands me”. As a result they often suffer from anxiety, panic attacks and will withdraw into the safety of their home life, or friends or unfortunately if the first two options are not available to them, develop addictions to self medicate or tune out.
I asked Charlene if she knew what an “Indigo” was. She told me she had heard of them and always wondered if she were one of them. When I explained to her how they see and experience the world, she got tears in her eyes and said, “Yes, that is what I feel.” At this point Charlene took a deep breath and began to relax physically. Her energy field opened up and I was more easily able to “see” what we were dealing with in her situation.
After Charlene lay down on the table we began energy work. First I ran my hands over her energy field to feel the flow. We gently worked with the body’s innate wisdom to uncover and remove these blockages to her emotional and physical fields primarily in the chakra of self-esteem or third chakra.[2]
When we were finished I explained to Charlene that she may feel really tired or really jazzed. If she was tired she needed to rest. She was not to kid herself about the level of fatigue and she may feel like she had been hit by a bus. She may be weepy or sad. She was just to rest, let herself cry, or if she felt moody to write or draw out her feelings. She needed to drink a lot of water and be careful driving, as she may feel lightheaded for a day or two. I told her that the clearing would subside within 24 – 48 hours. I also explained this to her mother so that she would receive additional support if this did happen. 
Two weeks later Charlene reported that she felt really good for a week but then the past week had been all downhill.  She said her anxiety had increased and she felt depressed. 
I told her that this type of reaction was quite normal and was an indication that the body was accepting the changes and beginning to heal and release. She said she “knew that” and was quite comfortable with the process. In this session the body identified blockages in her hormones and reproductive organs.
At her third session, one week later, Charlene reported that she “felt really good”.  I noted that when she arrived for this session her head was up, her eyes were brighter, and she was making eye contact with me when she spoke. With the body’s wisdom and permission we worked on feelings related to “always feels like a 5th wheel” and fears of “never fitting in”. Her body was dehydrated so we worked with balancing out body hydration and we discussed the importance of drinking lots of pure water. 
I did not see Charlene again for five weeks due to holidays. When she arrived for her session she said that she had returned to school. She told me that she “was apprehensive” but was “doing ok”. In this session we continued to work on emotional blockages related to her intuitive feelings around  “don’t want to offend my parents”, “fear of expression”, “who am I”, “don’t know who I am”, “confused about life” “something wrong with me”, “I am different”. We spent a lot of time talking about free will and the free will of others. We talked about different coping strategies on how to deal with her intuitive feelings and how it applied to her everyday life. We also discussed what to do with those feelings. 
Children who are highly intuitive are naturally energetically empathic so it is very easy for them to pick up on other people’s feelings and fears. If they don’t understand how to distinguish between what they are feeling and what the other person is feeling, they begin to think it all belongs to them. They start to have what they commonly refer to as “crazy thoughts” and “can’t understand where these thoughts come from”. They interpret this as “their problem” and “there is something wrong with me” and “no one will understand and think I am crazy”. But once you teach an Indigo or intuitive child how to separate their feelings from other people’s feelings, they calm down dramatically and begin to understand what to do about it. They learn how to be conscious of their own feelings and recognize that they have choices on how they respond to the world around them. 
At the eighth week of sessions Charlene said things were going well. She certainly gave every appearance of looking like it was. When she arrived she looked like a different person. I almost didn’t recognize her. She walked in confident, head up, sharply dressed, her hair was nicely done, her voice clear and articulate with direct eye contact. She looked quite stunning. We worked at clearing emotions from her mother’s past. These were subconscious emotional layers that Charlene carried in support of her mother and was totally unaware of their existence. This again often happens with Indigo/intuitive children. If they feel another person’s pain, they will often pick it up and carry it in their own field out of love and devotion for another. This weighs them down because they don’t know what to do with it and leads to confusion because they can’t understand why the other person doesn’t suddenly get better. As a result of this energetic exchange they begin to feel “useless” or ask, “Who am I?” or say, “I don’t know who I am”. This begins another cycle of anxiety, depression or panic because they don’t know what to do next. 
We discussed the importance of loving another enough to let them learn how to “walk” with their own emotions. I explained to her that her mother trusted her enough to learn how to walk when she was born, so she should learn to “trust” her mother enough to figure out how to handle her own emotional issues. This means energetically, allowing her mother to feel her own issues and if Charlene was concerned for her, then to practice the art of “sending love”. We also discussed some energetic emotional guidelines that I had developed over the years as a result of working with highly intuitive people. They are: 1. Just because you know, doesn’t mean you do. 2. Wait to be asked. 3. Do only what is asked. 4. If you are not asked and you are concerned just love them with your heart. 5. If you feel another person’s emotions enter into your field, you have the right to choose to let that emotion go, so do so. 
At Charlene’s ninth session she reported that things were going well at school. She said she was still having problems with fainting spells so we asked for and received permission to work with the physical body. We worked with balancing out the body’s ability to deal with sugar. I asked her to follow a sugar free (and no artificial sweeteners) guideline for two weeks. I have also found over the course of working with intuitive children or Indigos that they are very sensitive to sugars, artificial sweeteners, wheat, and additives. If they can be encouraged to follow a natural, wheat free diet and drink water and natural fruit juices it is much easier for them to cope physically and emotionally. 
As we balanced out the physical body we talked about coping mechanisms for Indigos. Indigos easily connect to fear, especially when projected by others. As a result of their ability to connect energetically to other people’s emotions they begin to fear that they created the fear in the first place or are at least responsible for fear. This will again cause them to withdraw and become overwhelmed with emotional responsibility. Parents unfortunately magnify these feelings when, in their efforts to protect their children, they tell them all the things they can’t do, or shouldn’t do but fail to explain what they can do or how to handle a situation if it should arise. 
We talked about understanding how the world does not need to be a scary place and how to use your intuitive abilities as a coping mechanism. We worked through some practical applications of different social scenarios and I showed her different ways to use her intuitive abilities as well as the “energetic emotional guidelines” to think her way through a problem. 
When you show Indigos how to use their intuition instead of being afraid of it they quickly see that they have options and choices and they begin to naturally choose very practical solutions and then don’t find the outside world so overwhelming. They learn that what they are feeling is valid. What they are feeling is true for them. They learn how to separate their feelings from another person’s feelings and yet still retain their enormous capacity for love and empathy for themselves and others without being overwhelmed and fearful. 
It is important to remember that Indigos experience the world around them in a tactile way. Once they are taught how to use their intuitive gifts in relation to how they feel, they very quickly learn how to “feel” their way through any type of problem. They learn how to think on their feet. When this happens they relax and demonstrate how highly motivated, intelligent, loving, and empathic they truly are. 
Charlene knew that she didn’t need to take drugs to solve her panic attacks and anxiety. Thankfully, her parents, doctor and therapist supported an alternative management method, namely energy work. In this case, therapy included: clearing chakra energy blockages, helping the client understand her won thoughts and feelings, and clarifying her emotional responsibilities, as well as enhancing her diet. 
Charlene returned to school after being off school for 6 months. At the time of publication Charlene had finished high school and was preparing for University. She demonstrated a sense of confidence, power and joy as she prepared to tackle her future. 
References
Carroll, Lee & Tober, Jan  (1999) The Indigo Children.  Hay House Inc. CA
Virtue, Doreen  (2001)  The Care and Feeding of Indigo Children.  Hay House Inc.  CA
[1] Indigo Children have a natural ability to sense, feel, or know another person’s feelings. Because they are so sensitive to their environments they often react to other people’s emotions but don’t understand how to distinguish between their feelings and the other persons. They are often labeled ADD, ADHD, or suffering from Anxiety or depression.  (Carroll & Tober, 1999).
[2] Chakras are Sanskrit for wheel and signifies one of seven basic energy centers in the body. Each of these centers correlates to major nerve ganglia branching forth from the spinal column and are related to physical and emotional components.  (Virtue, 2001)
Published: Child & Family Journal Volume 10, No. 3 Fall/Winter 2007
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Fruit juices and smoothies have been flooding the supermarkets lately, marketed & sold as healthy options. But are they really? 
I'm going to share some tips on what to look out for when making or buying them, and how to make the best out of your liquid nutrition. 
Just to... see more clarify the definitions here, when I talk about juices, I mean blends that have only fruit, veggies or both in them.
When I talk about smoothies, I'm talking about blends of fruits, veggies or both, with a variety of other things added such as protein powders, yogurt, chia seeds, flax seeds, coconut oil, chocolate, cocoa powder, maca powder, etc. 
100% fruit juices, V8's, and other fruit blends
The biggest misconception about fruit juices (including 100% ones) is the fact that most people think they get the same benefits from blending fruits and vegetables as eating them in a whole form. WRONG.  
There are two most important differences:
1) when you blend fruits and vegetables you destroy their "fiber lattice"* which has a profound effect on blood sugar (more on it below); 
2) blending or juicing exposes fruits and vegetables to heat, and air - both of which lead to oxidation and loss of many valuable minerals and vitamins; 
*Fruits & veggies "fiber lattice" is composed of soluble and insoluble fiber that slows the absorption of sugar into the bloodstream, blunting insulin (necessary for blood sugar regulation) and dopamine (reward hormone) responses. When you blend the fruit and vegetables, you shred that fiber lattice, leaving all that sugar free to hit your system as fast as a piece of candy. 
Fruits without their protective lattice are like Miracle-Gro for your fat cells.
Having said that, here's a list of tips for future purchases. 
Quick tips for buying or making fruit & veggie juices: 
avoid any pre-bottled fruit or vegetables juices (including 100%) that have more than 5 g of sugar per serving - always read the labels (fruit juice bottles usually have more than 1 serving so you must multiply the sugar grams x the servings size to get the sugar content in the whole bottle); 
if you get a juice from a juice bar, make sure they use cold-processingand drink the juice soon after you get it to avoid oxidation and loss of vitamins and minerals;
when ordering juices or making your own, stick to mostly veggies (ask for celery, kale, spinach, cucumbers, etc.) and one serving of low sugar fruit such as apples, lemons, berries versus bananas, grapes or oranges. 
Smoothies 
Guys, believe me when I say this, it's SO easy to make a smoothie that has 500-600 calories, even a 1000 calories.....
Just check out this "All-in-one breakfast smoothie" recipe from "Health" magazine.
This baby has 523 calories and whooping 77 g of carbs, most of them coming from simple sugars - that's more carbs and sugar than in 2 Snickers bars.
Not to mention that this smoothie has 22 g of fat - that's as much fat as in 2 McDonald's cheeseburgers. And only 9 g of protein so less than in 1 cheeseburger. 
The only way I can describe this smoothie is a calorie, fat and sugar bomb. 
Quick tips for buying or making lowest calorie, low sugar homemade smoothies:   
whatever fruit you are using try to use an equivalent of 1 piece of fruit, so 1 banana, 1 peach, 1 apple, 1/2 cup berries. You can mix and match but stick to the portion size as if it was 1 fruit only; 
don't add any other sweeteners such as honey, agave or even zero calorie sweeteners like stevia; 
add green vegetables if you can, spinach is pretty much undetectable; 
add protein powder or collagen; protein will slow down the absorption of sugars into the blood; 
for weight loss stick to water, green tea, black coffee, unsweetened plant-based milks as liquid; 
for weigh gain, smoothies are one of the easiest way to pack add more calories without feeling too full, so if that's your goal, you can add things like coconut oil, peanut butter, oatmeal, oat bran, sweet potatoes, etc. 
add super spices like cinnamon (helps with blood sugar), turmeric/black pepper (anti-inflammatory) or ginger (antioxidant). 
Looking for a healthy recipe? 
Click here for one of my favorite immune-boosting smoothies. 
Have more questions about any of this stuff? Let me know, I would love to help you out.
You can reach me via email or Facebook. 
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Many thousands of studies demonstrating the benefits of mindfulness have now been published, to the point where mindfulness can almost seem like a miracle cure. The problem is that not all of these studies were conducted well enough to be taken seriously.
Daniel Goleman (author of “Emotional... see more Intelligence”) and University of Wisconsin neuroscientist Richard Davidson combed through thousands of studies and found that only one percent of them match the current gold standards for medical research. While we could rightly despair at the poor methodology of the 99 percent, we could instead focus on the four strongly confirmed findings that Goleman and Davidson have identified in the studies conducted using the soundest protocols.
In an article in the Harvard Business Review Goleman outlined those four confirmed benefits, which are: stronger focus, staying calmer under stress, better memory, and kindness. No doubt because he was writing for HBR, Goleman wrote about mindfulness mainly in terms of a tool for creating better workers for corporations — for example parsing kindness as “good corporate citizenship.” So I’d like to take those four benefits and write about them in a less corporate way, looking at how they can benefit us spiritually.
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Self-improvement is the gospel of the wellness set, and we can learn a lot about personal growth when we’re able to get a glimpse into the ways in which elite fitness and yoga trainers master their mind-body connections. Yogi Tara Stiles, CrossFit star Kenny Santucci, celebrity personal trainer Todd... see more McCullough, and trainer and Ph.D. Shauna Harrison have refined their own custom movement methods over time and have found the routines that help them reach peak performance. The best part? They’re all different, which illustrates that there’s no one way to unlock your potential.
In case you missed it, here’s a summary of what we learned from the INFINITI Performance Project:
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Change Starts Inside of YouI always notice a basic fault when I hear people talk about hoping for change in the world. It’s the idea that we see the notion of change as something happening outside of us, driven by some faceless group of elite scientists, inventors and leaders coming up with some... see more revolutionary idea that would set the world on a different course.
The fault with this notion is that it comes from the same mold which gave form to the problem in the first place–separation. We feel that we are separate from all the atrocities happening in different corners of the world; separate from shady global deals done in the interest of the few; separate from the marvelous work done by selfless peacekeepers and volunteers; separate from the bloodied hands of our previous generations and the problems of the next generations.
We think that we are helpless, innocent and powerless in the face of all this and that the change we expect ‘has’ to come from others, individuals, collectives or nations.
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